Wichita selected to host 2018 U.S. Figure Skating qualifying season

Official announced that Wichita will host the 2018 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships Thursday afternoon. The event will take place at Intrust Bank Arena. (KSN Photo)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — U.S. Figure Skating announced that Wichita will host the 2018 Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships.

The championships are slated for January 24-28 and will be conducted at Intrust Bank Arena with practices taking place at the Wichita Ice Center.

“After years of conversation with Wichita, U.S. Figure Skating is thrilled to bring the synchronized skating sectional championships to the community for the first time,” said U.S. Figure Skating Events Manager Mia Corsini. “We look forward to hosting our athletes, coaches, officials and fans in one of the Midwest’s preeminent cities. Intrust Bank Arena is a premier, award-winning venue, and we are confident our entire athletes will have a great competitive experience there.”

Providing support to host the competition is the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, Visit Wichita and the Wichita Figure Skating Club.

“Wichita is very excited to welcome U.S. Figure Skating to the community in 2018,” said Bob Hanson, President & CEO of the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. “In collaboration with Visit Wichita, Intrust Bank Arena and the Wichita Figure Skating Club, the Sports Commission is thrilled to have these athletes compete in our city.”

The competition will attract more than 160 teams and 6,000 athletes, coaches and their families to Wichita and is estimated to generate more than $3.4 million in local economic impact. Those competing will range in age from 7 to 70.

“Wichita will provide a fantastic and energetic welcome to sports fans from across the country,” said Susie Santo, Visit Wichita President and CEO. “Visitors will not only enjoy mesmerizing synchronized skating competitions while they are here, but also the city’s numerous amenities and well-known hospitality. This is a huge win for Wichita, solidifying that we are a tremendous sports city capable of hosting sporting events of all magnitudes.”

Wichita will also host the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in March of that year. It will also be held at the arena.